November 8, 1954: Happy 59th birthday, Kazuo Ishiguro! Born in Japan and raised in England, the celebrated novelist has held a variety of jobs. During his gap year between high school and college, he worked briefly as a grouse beater at the queen’s castle, Balmoral. When his first book, A Pale View of the Hills, was published, he still had a job as a social worker.
Two women in Gulu whose lips have been cut off by Lord’s Resistance Army rebels.
There are many areas which continue to attract concern when it comes to human rights in Uganda.
Conflict in the northern parts of the country continues to generate reports of abuses by both the rebel Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), led by Joseph Kony, and the Ugandan Army. A UN official accused the LRA in February 2009 of “appalling brutality” in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The number of internally displaced persons is estimated at 1.4 million. Torture continues to be a widespread practice amongst security organisations. Attacks on political freedom in the country, including the arrest and beating of opposition members of parliament, have led to international criticism, culminating in May 2005 in a decision by the British government to withhold part of its aid to the country. The arrest of the main opposition leader Kizza Besigye and the siege of the High Court during a hearing of Besigye’s case by heavily armed security forces – before the February 2006 elections – led to condemnation.
Nick will be discussing his new novel, UNDER THE SKIN, and his experience living and working in the developing world where human rights are often a figment of a despot ruler’s imagination.
The World Economic Forum published an interesting statistic this morning. In the US education is taken for granted for all citizens, men and women alike, how different this is for girls in the developing world.
Julie and I enjoyed James Thurber’s “The 13 Clocks”, presented by the Lyme Public Library last evening. It was a spirited performance produced and directed by Jamie and Alden Rockwell Murphy , neighbors in East Haddam. Bravo Judy Lightfoot and the Lyme Library Events Committee.
Nick will discuss human rights abuses in the developing world, the premise for his new novel, UNDER THE SKIN which takes place in Uganda, East Africa. He will read brief passages from the book, sign copies and answer questions. His eclectic 15 year career living and working in dangerous third world countries should make for an interesting and spirited evening, not to be missed.
“I'D BEEN REJECTED, BUT I WAS STILL IN LOVE, SO I DECIDED TO START OVER” Nick Hahn, Writer, Narrator, Traveler